What is the acting style of melodrama?



Melodrama is a style of theatre that was prominent in the Victorian era. It uses exaggeration and stereotyped characters to appeal to the audience’s emotions. It can be useful when working within the melodrama genre to explore stock characters , eg an evil villain, a wronged maiden or a noble hero.

What are some acting features of melodrama?

Characteristics of a Melodrama:

  • Stereotypical characters.
  • Exaggerated conflicts.
  • Sensationalized plots.
  • Highly emotional.